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When Jazz Had the Blues


“Top Ten”
~ Stage Raw

“Frank Lawson inhabits his role of the musical genius Billy, plus this man can SING!... Boise Holmes commands as the awe-deserving Duke Ellington... Scene-stealer Michole Briana White IS Lena Horne!... Gilbert Glenn Brown brings strength and passion to his role of Billy's lover Aaron Bridgers."
~ Gil Kaan,

The casting was superb and so was the music... Ms. White has a forceful and dynamic singing style and brought the house down with her renditions of “When the Sun Comes Out” and “Lady Is a Tramp.”
~ Dee Dee McNeil, Musicalmemoirs

~ Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA


Fri, Nov 18 – Sun, Dec 31
Friday, Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 3 pm
Plus - ONE - Thursday 12/15/16
Plus - 2 PM Saturday 12/17/16

Show Calendar

$34 through 12/11
$35 for Thursday 12/15
$45 for Fri/Sat/ Sun (12/16-17-18) Final week.

Special Show Info
Running time: 110 minutes.
There will be an intermission.

7657 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90046
Ample Street Parking
Area Map

Special Theatre Info
The Matrix Theatre is on the North side of Melrose between Stanley and Spaulding

The theatre has concessions.

(323) 960-7776

4 Dancers, 7 Actors, 11 Singers, and a 6-piece World Class Jazz Band tell the story of Musical genius Billy Strayhorn, the great Lena Horne, and the greatest music ever written.

It was the era of jazz, big bands, and the greatest music ever written. In this searing new musical, WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES centers on the lives of musical genius, Billy Strayhorn, and his uneasy relationships with Lena Horne and Duke Ellington, as well as Billy’s lover, Aaron Bridgers. Set against a time of racism, homophobia, and World War II, WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES follows us around Manhattan and the nightclubs of Harlem. We follow their lives through a musical songbook that sustained us during the worst of the Great Depression and the Second World War, a war in which blacks and whites served separately just as they weren’t allowed to share the same bandstand. A six piece orchestra, four member dance ensemble, and 11 outstanding actors bring the play to life.